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  • james james Feb 6, 2008 19:43 Flag

    England v Italy... My 22

    No! No! Cueto? You must be joking.

    1. Stevens
    2. Mears
    3. Vickery
    4. Shaw
    5. Borthwick
    6. ?
    7. Haskell
    8. Easter
    9. Gomarsall
    10. Wilkinson
    11. Sackey
    12. Ollie Smith
    13. Matthew Tait
    14. Vainakolo
    15. Cipriani

    Sheridan is out injured now, Charlie Hodgson should be kept a 50 mile radius away from an England shirt. Then again, what do I know? I would really like to see Ollie Smith get a run out.

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    • good nite james!!! who is no6?? is that a new player england have!!!

    • Interesting Choices... and i'd forgotten about ollie smith so i'll add him to my mental squad for future consideration.
      The thing I feel England have lacked behind the scrum without Catt and Greenwood are the natural thinkers.... players who see the space or the pass before they even know they've seen it. It's what's Gaeraty has learnt so well from Catt at London Irish, Johnny kicks far too much and without Catt outside him to release runners England look dead behind the pack. the back line NEEDS a passer like Gaeraty or Lamb else Sackey and Vianokolo needn't take their tracksuits off.


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      • I agree with you, Vainakolo never saw the ball and his performance mirrored Jason Robinsons first England game. Sackey was the same. It's also interesting that we;ve picked a similar pack.

        I watched Geraghty in the England Saxons game against the Irish. He look's really sharp and has the same sort of qualities that Catt had.

        I think we are going to see Ashton re--jigging the side quite alot until he finds the right XV he wants to take forward. Unfortunately, the trade off is that you might not get the results or performance you want.

        The point I keep making and I keep getting told i'm arrogant: England do not plan for the short term. Similar to SA, NZ and AUS we build the team up for the WC. A successful team doesn't happen overnight.

        Hopefully this Sunday will be a step in the right direction.